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I did take that process pledge, so I have to tell you that I really was way off on this quilt block.  I followed the directions for the cutting and I know they are right.  This was my first block and because you cut a large fat quarter into sections (as many as 17 for some) each strip is longer that the sewn piece to which you are attaching it.  This was supposed to be squared and about 13 1/2 inches. 

Thus far, I have figured out 2 things I did wrong.  First, I didn’t pay close enough attention to which side of the new piece I attached and I also did not always center the new strip to the sewn piece, so sometimes when I was trimming….I would have a corner that was not long enough in the correct direction.  Whew, I guess all this random whacking and stacking isn’t as fun and improvish as I thought.  I will certainly have to do better on the next one.

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I have just returned from a quick trip to NY where I zoomed up there from NC to attend a shower for my niece.  Jessica is due towards the end of May and does not even look 5 months along!  That never happened to me!

Well, the two-soon to be grannies threw a wonderful Sunday afternoon shower and I was very happy that I could attend.  Our Prom was on Friday night and because my home room students are Juniors, one of my responsibilities is to help with the Prom (Juniors host the prom for Seniors at our school).  My school system always holds their Prom the night before we let out for Spring Break.   So, Friday night I arrived home really late and left on Saturday during the storms for NY.  I made it somewhere north of Baltimore and stayed for the night.  Up early on Sunday and made it just in time to fluff the tissue paper on my gift bags, take pictures in the Michael’s parking lot (where I bought the tissue paper) and zoom to the restaurant.  I have to say that I had forgotten how beautiful the landscape is in upstate NY.  The Catskill Mountains are truly gorgeous.  

Well, these are not the best of pictures, but they are all I have so these will have to do.   

I saw some of these galvanized tubs online used as props for baby pictures and thought they were so cute.  I will say that it was a little more challenging to decoupage than I thought it would be.  I have a few air bubbles that showed up a couple of days after I thought the tub was dry and complete, but I still think it is a great way to package everything and would still look good in a photo.

Here is a picture of the assembly.  I tried to have a good blend of  thick and thin strips and to distribute the colors evenly.  I pressed the exact center of each strip so that I could have each section evenly distributed.  I wanted to make sure it could look like the letter { I } once it was complete.  I also tried a new machine binding technique that I will share in an upcoming post.  It is a fusible, flange machine binding that works so well!  You will love it!-promise ; )

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I wanted to share my most recent swap with you.  I was fortunate enough to make it through the lottery for the Doll Quilt Swap #10.  Thus far, I have participated in # 9 & 10.   This is a big swap on flickr.  These quilters take their doll quilts and their swapping seriously.  The talent and creativity are unbelievable. 

I received this awesome quilt from Handmade retro all the way from Australia.  Everything about it is hand done.  After receiving it, I went and visited her blog to read about it.  It is so much more beautiful in person.  I am a big fan of Anna Maria Horner and mentioned it in the initial questionnaire.  Both sides of this quilt are equally fabulous…I really love it.  Can’t wait to hang it in my studio.  Knowing that I am busy making things for the girls, she also sent along this super cute book with all kinds of stuffed creatures.  There were also some buttons, but I had already stashed them by the time the sun can out.  Thanks retromama!

As for the quilt I made…I really have to push myself  in this swap.  Not only are the people talented, but they are always online commenting, joking and exchanging ideas.  I had been stuck on a specific idea for round ten which revolved around my cake plate from Christmas.  I tried-twice, to get an appliqué to come out like the design on my cake plate…but no go. 

The strands I wanted were too thin and it was just too difficult for me to accomplish the task.  Perhaps a master appliquest (is that a word??) could have been successful.  Anyhoo…I have this book called Pretty Little Mini Quilts from Lark Books and as I thought about my partner, who lives on a large piece of property in a place much colder than NC…I made the decision to do a  version of a quilt about Spring from the book.   This was my first time using the blanket stitch on my Bernie 820.  I really liked the stitch, but I need to work a bit more on the curves and knotting at the start and finish.  I thought I was using the feature on the machine, but it seemed like a few were not as secure as I wanted.  Will have to work on that (note to self).  Here are some pics. 

One of the requirements is to label your quilt.  So I used the lettering capability on my new machine.  This is something I hadn’t done before and it was easier than I thought.  I placed one of my new small labels under my name.  Another aspect to virtual swapping is extra goodies in the package.  I like to include things that I see either out shopping or things I have around the studio which remind me of the partner I have been stalking.  This partner is a quilter as well as a knitter.  The fat quarters and scraps will be so perfect for her (can’t say more until she gets her package).  I haven’t knitted in quite a while and I have – too much yarn, so I thought I would share some.  : )  Hope she likes it!

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Last month I decided I needed some labels for my creations.  I have tried to make my own and even though the twill tape works, it still looks somewhat homemade.  I used them a few times and was not too excited about them.  Since changing the name of the blog and having a designer create the gate and logo, I thought I needed some professional looking labels.  I chose to use worldwidelabels.com.   These are just some small labels and I was able to get quite a few for under $100.00 because I kept the design simple and didn’t use multiple colors.  Here is their little Saturday story.

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I had a student tell me that when she was young…she always thought that when people said “Lord, have mercy!”  she thought they were saying…”Lord ham mercy!”    We had a little chuckle and when I used her own expression later in class for something she did, she looked at me and said <See, Ms. Ritter…that’s why I shouldn’t be telling you stuff>>   Teenagers are the best ; )

I have been working on one of the three quilts for new babies in the family…2 showers in April…trying to get a picture of the top which is made from these fabrics

and some matchy matchy things to show you.  Hope you are all having a great week.

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Neptune winner

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Timestamp: 2011-03-21 09:39:19 UTC   

the new owner of a Neptune jellyroll by Tula Pink is:  Woodbines!!!!!!!!

She did all three things to give her the opportunity to win and her third comment where she mentioned the giveaway on her blog was the winning number on the random generator.  Congratulations ; )

And thank you everyone.  I wish I had 231 jellyrolls to give one to each and every one who made a comment.  I say a Neptune jellyroll on e-bay last week for $58.00!   Yikes, that is a bunch of money for a jellyroll.


Omgosh, thank you for the opportunity and congrats on the 100th post!  I would love to make a zigzag or bowtie quilt from the jelly roll. The blues and greens are soothing and gender neutral (heaven knows how hard it can be to find a pleasing arrangement of fabrics that a guy will like–or at least my guy, LOL!)

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In honor of my 100th post, I am having a giveaway. 

I am actually ready to part with some of my Neptune by Tula Pink.  One jelly roll of all the prints can be yours!!!

Here is all you need to do:

You can do one, two or all three things ; )  

1. Leave a comment and tell me something you would like to make with a Neptune jelly roll. 

2. Sign up as a follower via email subscription or to the feed.

3. Link the giveaway to your blog.

Be sure to leave separate comments to increase your opportunities with the random generator.  I will choose a winner on Monday March 21st.

Don’t forget to leave contact information within your comment.

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